If there is no business case for a project, or if the business case is not up to the job, there are a number of problems that arise, concerning governance, team empowerment and the use of effective measures:
- The costs of the project become much more obvious than the benefits, and this means that without the perspective of value for money everything starts to seem expensive.
- The ‘Return on Investment’ measure, which has been poorly defined, nevertheless attracts disproportionate attention due to the absence of other measures.
- Generally speaking, easy to measure but less important indicators receive more attention than important but difficult to measure indicators.
- Contacts between the team, team leaders and management are weakened because the visions, the justification and the strategy for the project are not clearly defined.
- Team members, who are deprived of access to key information necessary for making the day-to-day decisions, are less empowered and less responsive to project events.
- Motivation in the team is diluted due to the lack of meaning that would otherwise derive from understanding the greater purpose and vision for the project.
- Governance of the project relapses and decision makers lose accountability, because the baseline for decision making is neither formalised, nor communicated, nor agreed.
Executive Summary (with financial and non-financial benefits and counter-benefits)
Purpose and Context
Scope and Limits,
Assumptions and Constraints, and Methods,
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
Scenarios and Comparisons (with Benefits and Counter-Benefits)
Sensitivity Analysis, Contingency and Risk Analysis
Critical Success Factors
Conclusions and Recommendations